Matthew Broderick stars as Ferris Bueller in this love letter to Chicago and playing hooky. Ferris wants to take a day off of school, and he’s taking his girlfriend
Matthew Broderick stars as Ferris Bueller in this love letter to Chicago and playing hooky. Ferris wants to take a day off of school, and he’s taking his girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sara) and his best friend Cameron (Alan Ruck) with him, provided Cameron will “borrow” his dad’s prized Ferrari. But to experience every part of the Windy City, they’ll have to dodge their dogged principal (Jeffrey Jones), suspicious parents and siblings, traps around every corner. Ferris better have a plan …
There’s a popular fan theory that, in this crazed and joyful vision of friends taking on Chicago, the character of Ferris is really just a figment of Cameron’s imagination. Of course it doesn’t matter if it’s true – what matters is that the beating heart of this movie is Cameron, and the sensitivity his friends show him in trying to give him a good time. A fairytale of liberation, self-worth, confidence and the importance of pure fun, George Will (not your average film reviewer) called it “the moviest movie”, which is true in a lot of ways. It takes advantage of all the things a movie can do better than any other media – take chances, dip into the fantastical, create amazing images, and work as a discrete package. It’s probably John Hughes’s best movie, and that’s saying something.